Schriftzug am T1 des BER
Schriftzug am T1 des BER

Willy Brandt

Published: 09 October 2020, 01:00 PM
Updated: 31 October 2020, 09:48 AM

Unveiling of the Willy Brandt wall

in Terminal 1 at BER.

The new Capital Airport bears the name of Willy Brandt (1913-1992), one of the outstanding statesmen of the 20th century. 

Here you find photo and video material from the press event to mark the unveiling of the Willy Brandt Wall in Terminal 1.

Unveiling of the Willy Brandt wall

Livestream of the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation

Press release: Ceremony in honour of airport namesake / Willy Brandt memorial wall officially unveiled at Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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Ceremonial unveiling

of the memorial at Berlin Brandenburg Airport

The memorial wall shows a portrait of Willy Brandt next to his famous words: “If I were asked to say what, apart from peace, was most important to me, then my answer would be: freedom.”

Photo material

The new airport bears the name of Willy Brandt (1913-1992), one of the outstanding statesmen of the 20th century. On 30 October 2020, the namesake of the new airport was honoured with the ceremonial unveiling of the memorial wall in Terminal 1. The unveiling was attended by (from left to right): Former President of the German Bundestag Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Thierse, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation, Katrin Lange, Minister of Finance and European Affairs of the State of Brandenburg, Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin

Please use as reference: © Anikka Bauer / Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

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Voices on the ceremonial unveiling

“Berlin’s three airports in Tempelhof, Tegel, and Gatow have stood for the freedom of West Berlin since the Airlift. But Schönefeld Airport was also the gateway to the world for the GDR, despite travel restrictions. The blockade of West Berlin in 1948 left its mark on Willy Brandt and later determined his actions as Governing Mayor of the city. Freedom, as defined by Willy Brandt, also includes freedom of movement and the ability to travel without restrictions. Naming thenew airport after Willy Brandt is the ideal choice. Berlin and Brandenburg, and Germany as a whole, can be proud of this.”

“Willy Brandt was one Germany’s great statesmen. As a Berliner and a German, as a European and a citizen of the world, he worked tirelessly in defence of freedom for all citizens. US President John F. Kennedy’s legendary visit to Berlin in 1961 took place during Willy Brandt’s tenure as Mayor. I am delighted that, by commemorating Willy Brandt at the new airport of the German capital region, we are emphasising the implicit importance of freedom of travel and cross-border encounters in relation to the freedom of us all.”

“The long journey of our new airport was not always and solely guided by very fortunate decisions. But now that the work has been completed, despite many efforts and difficulties, I would like to take this opportunity to point out that one decision was a happy one from the start – and that was the decision to name this airport after Willy Brandt. One could say that this decision could not have been a better one. It was Willy Brandt who declared in 1969: “We want to be and to become a nation of good neighbours, both domestically and abroad.” Thirty years after the peaceful revolution and the unification of Germany, this is a good time to remember who Willy Brandt was first and foremost: one of the great and unwavering fighters for the cause of freedom and democracy. And that is what this wall reminds us of. There is no better way to welcome future travellers from all over the world here at BER than with a word from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and great European, Willy Brandt.”

“When BER opens tomorrow, the name of Willy Brandt will welcome millions of travellers from all over the world. The airport in the German capital region is thus a wonderful place to recall Willy Brandt’s claim that, as Berliners and Europeans, we have a responsibility to see freedom of travel as only one part of freedom.”

Background information

Willy Brandt - Name giver of the BER

The capital's new airport is named after Willy Brandt (1913–1992), who is regarded as one of the most outstanding statesmen of the 20th century.

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More information

around the name-giver of the BER.